WSU's newest commit has a compelling personal backstory that rivals that of Michael Oher, the former Ole Miss tackle whose story was told in The Blind Side.
Rodrick Fisher, Washington State’s newest commitment in the 2018 recruiting class, has the kind of personal story that Hollywood makes movies about.
Fisher committed to WSU on Wednesday night, Cougfan reported. Fisher picked WSU over offers from Utah and Boise State.
According to the Spokesman-Review, Fisher, a 6-foot-2, 203-pound receiver from Spokane’s East Valley High, dropped out of high school a month into his sophomore year. Fisher does not know where his father is, and he moved away from his mother because “difficulties were severe” he told the Spokesman-Review’s Greg Lee in this story from last October.
Thereafter, Fisher, whose birth name is Rodrick Jackson, bounced around, living with several families. He was homeless at one point too, and his predicament ultimately led him to the office of East Valley football coach Adam Fisher. The coach listened as Rodrick broke down and explained the dire nature of his situation. Rodrick told Fisher he wanted to change his life circumstances and that he wanted to play college football.
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At the end of their conversation, Fisher invited Rodrick to come live with his family. Rodrick re-enrolled in high school and moved in with the Fishers, who, last December, adopted him. He has since taken their last name.
“We are literally living The Blind Side movie,” said Adam Fisher, referring to the 2010 movie about former Ole Miss tackle Michael Oher that chronicled how the Tuohy family adopted him and helped him get through high school after his rough childhood.
Rodrick played football and ran track at East Valley this year. In March, he broke the school record in the 100-meter dash, clocking a 10.43.
Rodrick chose to commit to WSU on May 10 because it’s the date holds special meaning for him. As he told Will Sherratt of KXLY, May 10 is the anniversary of his brother’s death.
“I felt as though I wanted to take the sadness of the day and make it an exciting, happy day and put something there that I can make a memory of him and just keep that in the back of my mind as I go through with this,” Fisher told Sherratt. “He’s always been a part of me. He was always there a lot. … I didn’t just make my decision for him, I made it with my family, for my family.”